ERIC Number: ED405541
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
The Busy Citizen's Discussion Guide: Youth Issues, Youth Voices.
Topsfield Foundation, Pomfret, CT. Study Circles Resource Center.
The years between childhood and adulthood are full of new experiences and new challenges. This guide is designed to help young people and adults participate in a study circle on youth issues. The study circles, which are small-group, democratic, peer-led discussions, offer a way for participants to work together as full partners in community problem solving. Study circles are designed to enable the kind of genuine, productive dialogue that allows people to hear from others with different experiences and views. This booklet presents a number of key community issues involving youth, and encourages readers to consider a range of ideas and viewpoints. Ground rules for making discussion more productive, such as respectful listening, are listed in the back of the guide. Four sessions are outlined. The first session explores what it is like to be young and includes exercises for sharing personal experiences and perceptions. Session two outlines ways to make the community a better place for young people while session three looks at specific community issues, such as racial and ethnic tensions, violence, dating, and substance abuse. The last session, "Making a Difference," presents ideas and suggestions for implementing positive steps in addressing youth issues in the community. (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Topsfield Foundation, Pomfret, CT. Study Circles Resource Center.